Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Madame Question Mark

Widely rebuked for two election fumbles, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan says she’s rehabilitated and ready for re-election – that is, if she doesn’t become governor first.
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Jail Break

Can Sheriff Paul Penzone’s kinder, gentler use of the Tent City grounds help high-risk inmates from returning to jail?
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Unplugged and Un-beached

Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine premieres new storyteller's show at MIM
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Pharma Chameleon

Overnight, Valley billionaire John Kapoor went from biotech hero to accused opioid pusher.
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Business of Golf 2018

Which Scottsdale Airpark courses have the best-kept grounds, instructors and pro shops? We've got expert rankings.
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Voluntourism Grows Up

Charitable travel is big with college kids. But retirees may make a bigger impact as volunteer tourists.
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Scottsdale PD's DNA unit receives boost from national grant

Scottsdale PD’s DNA Unit is about to get faster. Just don’t expect cases to be solved in 60 minutes.
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Stardust Ranch ready for next alien adventure

Is there something darker than even little grey men hidden in the past of Stardust Ranch?
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Labor Pains

While the pro-border wall camp applauds Trump’s plan to cut immigration in half, Valley business leaders fret over the effect that action would have on Arizona’s economy.
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Up In The Air

With Scottsdale seeking to broaden the Airpark's image, will aviation businesses remain its core?
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The Trump Whisperer

KTAR’s new pro-Trump voice is a former Phoenix hip-hop DJ with an odd gift for comprehending the president. But what does Darin Damme’s arrival on mainstream talk radio say about the Valley? And the nation?
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Real Top Gun

After decades of silence, three-war vet Richard Michaud talks about what it means to be a long-time patriot in a sharply divided America.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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